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Here's another great spot for wifi, guys. It's on Forest Drive, about a twenty minute walk (more or less) from Chesapeake Harbor Marina. Really nice cafe and a really strong wifi signal. It's at the end of the long plaza, where Giant grocery store is located. They roast their beans right in the store! Kevin handles the roasting and he kindly allowed me to watch the process and take photos and video. There are two locations, this one is known as Bay Zu Coffee. It was fascinating to watch so my thanks go to Kevin :)
The beans get delivered in those big burlap sacks and, for Zu, they usually come from colombia, Costa Rica, Sumatra, Malabar, Ethiopia, and other countries. There are all kinds of ways to roast coffee beans, but at Zu Coffee, they pretty much stick to City roast to French roast and everything in between. The beans go into the hopper, and once the roaster is up to temp, Kevin pulls a lever to open a gate and the beans drop down into the roasting drum. The batch that I watched Kevin roast was a medium roast. There is a little window that allows him to see the beans as they roast, and you can see the beans go from green to dark brown. Once the beans have reached the desired roast, Kevin pulls another lever and the beans drop into the cooling pan. Air is pulled through, from the bottom, to help cool the beans. After about six minutes, the beans are cool enough and they get poured into the holding containers. The roasted beans can't be used right away, though, so they'll sit for 6 hours or so, allowing the carbon dioxide, that the roasted beans create to dissipate. So, that's the reason why the coffee here is so good. They roast the beans fresh, in the store, and Kevin is there throughout the entire process, tweaking things. Most of the other coffee we drink is made with beans that were roasted by a mechanized process, hence the bitterness in so much of that coffee.